The statue, which was erected in 2008, will be removed on Thursday, the city council of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Paul (BCP) said in a statement.
“We recognize the different views of Baden-Powell’s life activities and we want to create time to show all the projections and minimize the risk of any public disturbance or antisocial behavior that could occur if the statue remained in place,” he said.
The Dorset County Scouts team supports the removal, the council added.
Vikki Slade, leader of the BCP council, called for discussions about the future of the statue.
“While it is famous for creating Scouts, we also recognize that there are certain aspects of Robert Baden-Powell’s life that are considered less worthy of memory,” he said in a statement.
“I don’t want to see the statue removed,” he wrote. “However, we have been advised by the police that this statue is on the list of targets for attack and because of its proximity to the water and its sensitive and historic nature, I was asked to approve its temporary removal.”
The move is part of a wave of action against monuments glorifying UK colonial history.
On Sunday, protesters in Bristol tore down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston and threw it into a river, and local authorities in east London removed a statue of slave owner Robert Milligan on Tuesday.
Who was Baden-Powell?
Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, Gilwell’s 1st Baden-Powell Baron, was born on February 22, 1857 in London and died on January 8, 1941 in Nyeri, Kenya, according to the Encyclopedia Britannica.
He was hailed as a national hero for his actions as a British Army officer in the South African War (1899-1902) and continued to establish the Scouts in 1908. Two years later, he founded Girl Guides, a similar organization for girls.
Scouts are aimed at boys aged 10 to 14 years. The organization states that scouting “exists for the active participation and support of young people in their personal development, giving them the opportunity to contribute positively to society”.
Baden-Powell developed an interest in teaching young people when he discovered that his 1899 military book, Aids to Scouting, was being used to train boys in woodcarving.
He decided to set up a test camp for boys on Brownsea Island, near Poole, in 1907, and then wrote a book about what he called the Scout Movement.
Long ago there were scout troops all over Britain, and Baden-Powell published a book entitled “Scouting Boys” in 1908.
Two years later, Baden-Powell retired from his position in his army to focus on the Scouts, and he founded the Guides with his sister Agnes the same year.
Why was it controversial?
Former Bournemouth East Labor MP Corrie Drew told BBC Breakfast on Thursday: “A quick look at his history shows that he was very open about his views on homosexuality and that he was a very open supporter of Hitler and fascism. and quite a strong, honest racist. “
He said: “We can’t just justify people’s shocking values because they were in the past,” he said.
Drew added that the statue is not historic – it has only existed for a decade. “It’s not part of our history on its own,” he said.
However, some local politicians have spoken out in defense of the statue.
Conor Burns, a member of parliament for nearby Bournemouth West, called on the BCP council to return the statue.
On Thursday morning, locals in Poole gathered to show their support for the statue.